Killer Bur­ton as­saulted in jail

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - STUFF RE­PORTER

Dou­ble mur­derer Graeme Bur­ton was as­saulted at Auck­land Pri­son on Fri­day morn­ing.

Bur­ton shocked the na­tion by go­ing on a deadly ram­page in the Lower Hutt bush in 2007, soon af­ter be­ing freed from pri­son.

Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions chief cus­to­dial of­fi­cer Neil Beales said of­fi­cers re­acted im­me­di­ately to bring the Fri­day morn­ing in­ci­dent un­der con­trol.

‘‘The pris­oner has been taken to hospi­tal by am­bu­lance for med­i­cal treat­ment,’’ Beales said.

‘‘His con­di­tion is not life threat­en­ing.’’

Po­lice had been in­formed and were in­ves­ti­gat­ing and Cor­rec­tions would also carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

‘‘Vi­o­lence is never ac­cept­able and all pris­on­ers who re­sort to this be­hav­iour will be held to ac­count.’’

He said more than 75 per cent of the pri­son pop­u­la­tion had con­vic­tions for vi­o­lence in their of­fend­ing his­to­ries, and gang mem­bers are dis­pro­por­tion­ately iden­ti­fied as re­spon­si­ble for as­saults in pri­son.

‘‘The pris­on­ers in­volved in this in­ci­dent are gang af­fil­i­ated,’’ Beales said.

‘‘We are con­stantly work­ing to achieve the safest en­vi­ron­ment pos­si­ble for staff and pris­on­ers.’’

Auck­land Pri­son is New Zealand’s only max­i­mum se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity.

It ac­com­mo­dates some of the coun­try’s most dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing in­mates.

A new $300m fa­cil­ity at the pri­son is due to open this year.

A po­lice spokesper­son said they were no­ti­fied at about 9.35 on Fri­day morn­ing that a pris­oner had been as­saulted.

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Dou­ble-killer Graeme Bur­ton has been as­saulted at Auck­land Pri­son.

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